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Sir John Lumsden - articles or references in books

Title and Author Cover Description Year Publisher
Ordinary Lives, Death, and Social Class: Dublin City Coroner's Court, 1876-1902 by Ciara Breathnach This book focuses on the evolution of the Dublin City Coroner's Court and on Dr. Louis A. Bryne's first two years in office. It includes the work done by Dr. John Lumsden in his early days at Guinness. 2022 OUP Oxford
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0198865783
Southern Irish Loyalism, 1912-1949 edited by Brain Hughes and Conor Morrissey This book looks at research into loyalism in the 26 counties of Ireland that would eventually become the Irish Free State. In a chapter on Southern loyalist women and the British war effort, the high volumes of fundraising by the Red Cross is mentioned. It discusses how much of the fundraising was organised by Sir John Lumsden. 2022 Liverpool University Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 180085479X
Ireland and the Great War: A Social and Political History by Niamh Gallagher This book describes how at the start of the first World War, many Irish Protestants and Catholics joined the war effort, yet within two years, the 1916 uprising changed everything. In the early years, the author described how humanitarian work was popular and was supported by people like John Lumsden. 2021 Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1350246697
Irish Women and the Great War (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare) by Fionnuala Walsh

This is a study of the impact of the Great War on women's everyday lives in Ireland, focusing on the years of the war and its immediate aftermath. In it she mentions that Sir John Lumsden,

...praised the provincial contribution to the war hospital supply depots and acknowledged the increased difficulties associated with war work in rural areas.
2020 ‎Cambridge University Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1108491200
The British Army Reference for Ulysses Scholars: Volume I of The British Army on Bloomsday by Peter L Fishback

This book contains a history of the British Army through 1904 with an emphasis on Ireland and Irish history. In it, Fishback describes how, at the start of the century

...John Lumsden, chief medical officer of the Guinness brewery, determined the annual income necessary to support a family in Dublin at the subsistence level. His findings came from interviews and surveys of hundreds of Guinness employees. Lumsden found that a single adult needed an annual income of £18 to live without poor relief or charitable assistance. Each child required an additional £8.
2020 F.F. Simulations, Inc.
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735352500
The Irish Medical Profession and the First World War (Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History)  by David Durnin

This book examines the role of the Irish medical profession in the First World War. In discussing the role played by Ireland as providing medical assistance during the war Durnin wrote:

At the Dublin docks to oversee the arrival of the wounded were some of the country's most eminent medical personnel including Dr. John Lumsden, Deputy Commissioner SJA [St. John Ambulance]. Lumsden had extensive medical and administrative experienced and played a key role in the RAMC's [Royal Army Medical Corps] casualty dispersal process in Ireland for the duration of the war.
2019 Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3030179583
Irish Women in the First World War Era: Irish Women’s Lives, 1914–18 edited by Jennifer Redmond and Elaine Farrell

This is a collection of essays on Irish women’s experiences in the First World War period, across the island of Ireland. One essay includes a quote from Sir John Lumsden on the challenges facing those committed to the war effort.

We are of course fully aware of the difficulties in rural districts arising from Sinn Fein and other adverse factors ... The farmers are of course the biggest problem ... we may even yet get them to realise the iniquity of holding back from a cause which should appeal to them, and a generous, if somewhat belated support of which would enable them in some measure a certain amount of that respect which they have forfeited by their apathy and indifference to the War, while profiteering and fattening in a manner which is beyond dispute, and which they themselves must realise.
2019 Routledge
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0367322358
The Viceregal Microbe: Lady Aberdeen and the Politics of Ireland's Battle Against Tuberculosis by Dr. Frances Carruthers and Martin Duffy By the start of the 20th century many Irish people were living in squalor: the country's infant mortality rate was the highest in Europe and tuberculosis was rampant. The daunting and tireless Lady Isabel Aberdeen, wife of the British Viceroy to Ireland, devoted herself to social changes that could save lives. But she often faced ridicule because of the contrast between her own high status and her concern for the common man. The book includes a description of the work done by John Lumsden. 2018 Troubador Publishing
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 178901400X
Medicine, health and Irish experiences of conflict, 1914-45 edited by David Durnin and Ian Miller

This book investigates Irish experiences of medicine and health during the First and Second World Wars, War of Independence and Civil War. In a discussion of the Irish War of Independence, 1919-21, one of the chapters describes how

...John Lumsden, medical officer at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and founder of the St John's Ambulance Brigade in Ireland, complained of the 'difficulty and danger [doctors] experienced in carrying out their professional duties'
2016 Manchester University Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780719097850
Forgotten Patriot: Douglas Hyde and the Foundation of the Irish Presidency  by Brian Murphy

On 25 June 1938, Douglas Hyde became the first President of Ireland and this book describes Hyde's impact on the how the role of President developed and was perceived. In one story, 

In 1944, Hyde's aide-de-camp, Captain Thomas Manning, wrote a memo complaining that the British Representative had sought to lead the procession of official mourners following the funeral of Sir John Lumsden, the founder of the St John Ambulance Brigade of Ireland, at Christ Church.

Instead, a member of the Gardaí stopped Manning to ensure that the President was leading the procession.

2016 The Collins Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 184889290X
Easter Dawn: The 1916 Rising by Turtle Bunbury

Turtle Bunbury's great book provides a comprehensive overview of the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916 in Dublin and around Ireland interspersed with fascinating stories of the people and places who featured in them.

Included is a description of the work done by Dr. John Lumsden.

2015 The Mercier Press Ltd
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1781172587

1916 - What the People Saw by Mick O'Farrell

1916 - What the People Saw In this book, O'Farrell discusses the role played by Dr. John Lumsden in the Easter uprising. 2013 The Mercier Press Ltd
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1781171505
The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World by Stephen Mansfield The history of Guinness, one of the world’s most famous brands, reveals the noble heights and generosity of a great family and an innovative business. In this great book, Stephen Mansfield goes into some detail about the work done by John Lumsden. 2009 Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0718011333
Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint by Bill Yenne A book describing the history of Guinness and includes a description of the work done by John Lumsden 2007 Wiley
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780470120521
The Goodness of Guinness: The Brewery, Its People and the City of Dublin by Tony Corcoran Both Tony Corcoran's grandparents joined Guinness in 1891, his father later in 1924, and he followed in their footsteps. Tony spent 38 years in Guinness, working in the highly specialised brewing area. In this well written and researched book, Tony includes a lot of detail of the great work performed by Lumsden. 2005 Liberties Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0954533577
Social History of Women in Ireland, 1870-1970 by Rosemary Cullen Owens

Rosemary Cullen Owens looks at the importance of class and land ownership as key determinants for women’s lives. In looking at poverty in Dublin, she discusses a meeting of the Welfare Section of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade in November 1941 and how Sir John Lumsden described how:

...two poor Dublin mothers owned one pair of shoes between them, and wore them in turn to attend the welfare dining room of the Brigade to avail themselves of dinners, at a time when the Herald Boot Fund was providing boots for poor children.
2004 Gill Books
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0717136817
Dear, Dirty Dublin. A city in fact and fiction, by Esben Andreasen. Dear, Dirty Dublin tells the history of the Irish capital in fiction and non-fiction - from the Vikings to Roddy Doyle. The book itself is written for native Danish speakers who are learning English and includes extracts from various English written books about Dublin. It includes a section out of the book "Down Cobbled Streets" by Phil O'Keefe which describes the Guinness brewery and the work of Sir John Lumsden. 2004 Gyldendal
ISBN 8702032716
Feast and Famine: A History of Food and Nutrition in Ireland 1500-1920 by Leslie Clarkson and E. Margaret Crawford

The book looks at the history of food and famine in Ireland from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. It describes what people ate and drank, how this changed over time, and what were the economic and social influences behind these changes. In one chapter on nutrition, health, and demography, they discuss the use by poorer people of tea as a drink, and how Dr. Lumsden noted:

the pot [was] allowed to remain on the range or near the fire for hours on end, and [was] replenished with water as long as any colouring matter [could] be produced. Thus all its tannin is extracted, and no doubt a very injurious effect upon the alimentary canal ... is brought about.
2001  Oxford University Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0198227515
Guinness Times: My Days in the World's Most Famous Brewery by Al Byrne Al Byrne recalls the company's hey-day with its barges on the Liffey and its dray-horses in the streets, the gossip around the beer 'tap' in the brewery, the 'fanciers' and the cooperage, the famous advertising campaigns and the company's genuine concern for its employees' welfare. This includes a description of the work done by John Lumsden. 1999 Town House
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1860591051
Guinness 1886-1939: From Incorporation to the Second World War by S. R. Dennison and Oliver MacDonagh For most of the period 1886-1939, Guinness was the largest and most successful brewery in the world. This is the story of that period and includes a description of the work done by Dr. John Lumsden. 1998 Cork University Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1859181759
Down Cobbled Streets: A Liberties Childhood by Phil O'Keeffe Born in the Liberties in Dublin in 1928, Phil O'Keeffe tells the story of her life and upbringing in the area. In one chapter she talks about the Guinness brewery and the work of Sir John Lumsden 1995 Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0863222137
The Quality of Mercer's: The Story of Mercer's Hospital, 1734-1991 by J. B. Lyons This is the story of Mercer's Hospital in Dublin in 1734-1991 and includes some anecdotes of John Lumsden's time working there around 1896. 1991 Glendale
ISBN 9097606962
A "peculiar" place: The Adelaide Hospital, Dublin : its times, places and personalities, 1839 to 1989 by David Mitchell The Adelaide Hospital, Dublin The story of the Adelaide Hospital in Dublin, with an account of the Easter Rising and John Lumsden's involvement. 1989  Blackwater
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0905471164
Langrishe, Go Down by Aidan Higgins

This is Aidan Higgin's classic novel depicting the demise of the old order of power in 1930s Ireland. In one chapter he describes how one character who worked at Guinnesses had been ill and how Sir John Lumsden looked after him and the other patients.

Surrounded by medical students Sir John Lumsden had walked through the wards addressing the patients whose names he had marked down on a list; asking the men how they were and assuring them that they would be up and about soon.
1966 New Island
ISBN 978-1-905494-46-0
The Story of British V.A.D. Work in the Great War by Thekla Bowser F.J.I. The Story of British V.A.D. Work in the Great War Part of the "Women in Wartime Series", this book is the story of Britain s nursing organisation - the V.A.D. in the Great War. It includes the work done by the V.A.D. in the 1916 uprising, and mentions that of Ella Webb, and her work with John Lumsden 1917, republished 2003 Imperial War Museum
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1901623602
1916 Rebellion Handbook, introduction by Declan Kiberd Originally published just after the 1916 Rising as the "Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook", it gives a detailed account of the fighting and other activities, and includes the work performed by John Lumsden. 1916, republished 1998 Mourne River Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0965088162

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